A 54-year-old disabled woman who lives in Georgia says she was tricked out of $500 by a man she fell in love with through a free Christian dating website after her husband's death. Police are investigating the case.
"I put my heart out there, he took it and destroyed it," Jewell Berggrun, a resident of Winder, Ga., told WSB-TV, of the man she found on a Christian dating site.
The man told Berggrun his name was "Alexi" and that he lived in Texas with a business in Malaysia. He also sent her a picture of himself. more >>
Instead of going to the police, an Oklahoma father decided to take matters into his own hands when his 16-year-old daughter showed him suggestive text messages her youth pastor, eight years her senior, had been sending her. The father, now in jail, insists he was trying to protect his daughter when he physically attacked the man, who later needed brain surgery.
Perhaps inspired by the television series "To Catch a Predator," Jermaine Clemons of Tulsa, Okla., planned with his daughter to confront the youth pastor, who happened to live only a block away, over the texts he allegedly had been sending the teen about being "legal" and not too young for a relationship with him.
Clemons, 35, told local news station KOTV that he became infuriated after reading the text messages. more >>
An Alabama pastor who was arrested on New Year's Day at the Nashville International Airport and had hoped to board a flight to Germany has been charged with his wife's violent stabbing death. Prosecutors have revealed evidence suggesting he was running off to Europe to get married to his boyfriend, with no intention of coming back.
Lawyers for pastor Richard Shahan, 53, contended at a court hearing Thursday that he was simply going off on an extended three-year mission trip and it was widely known, according to AL.com.
Deputy Jefferson County District Attorneys Laura Poston and Leigh Gwathney, who are prosecuting the case, explained in their bombshell revelation that information culled from more than 3,000 of Shahan's emails suggests he had no intention of spreading the Gospel during his European mission trip. more >>
Former New York pastor Michael Clare pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges that he raped two teenage girls, one of whom attended his church in the Bronx.
In 2011, Clare was accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a then-12-year-old girl who had attended his storefront church, Harvest Worship Center International. While the girl had an abortion, investigators reportedly claimed they had been able to match his DNA with that of the baby, said The Village Voice.
Prosecutors had alleged that the abuse had lasted for nearly three years before the girl reported it to her parents. After the initial charges, the married Clare maintained his innocence and rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for two years. more >>
An Ohio murderer may have suffered from a rare medical phenomenon known as "air hunger" while being executed Thursday. The criminal, Dennis McGuire, reportedly said he's "going to heaven" before he gasped and choked for breath for 10 minutes before being pronounced dead.
The death row convict, who was found guilty of the 1989 rape and murder of newlywed Joy Stewart, was the first criminal to receive a new, lethal combination of drugs that had never been tested or used before in U.S. executions. The drugs included a cocktail of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction used the new two-drug combo because its standard execution drug, Pentobarbital, has run out of supply.
McGuire's lawyers had argued against the use of the new drug cocktail in a last minute federal appeals effort, saying that the new lethal injection could prompt a medical phenomenon known as "air hunger," when the receiver experiences feelings of terror or panic as they strain for breath for several minutes. more >>
Online dating website ChristianMingle.com that advertises itself as a place where Christians can "Find God's Match for You," recently served up a devilish Nigerian conman to a 66-year-old San Jose, Calif., woman looking for love who duped her out of $500,000.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, which did not identify the woman, said the woman was lucky to recover $200,000 from a bank in Turkey, but warned that the case should serve as a warning about scams on international dating sites like ChristianMingle.com, according to a CBS report.
Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourland said the victim, who is a divorcee, befriended the Nigerian con man on ChristianMingle shortly after she joined the dating site. She, however, thought that she had befriended and Irish citizen working on a Scottish oilrig named "David Holmes," who was represented by a photo of a male model the con man downloaded from the Internet. more >>